At least not on the London buses. Because they don’t accept cash anymore, neither do they carry cash so even if they wanted to, they can’t give you any change back.
Transport for London (TfL) who run the buses, say that there won’t be a problem, surely not a big one, for the London people and tourists. Numbers show that most of them already use Oyster (Visitor Oyster for tourists), prepaid tickets, contactless payment cards or concessionary tickets. Only a small amount of people still pay using cash. That would be 1%, the other 99% use the previously mentioned payment methods.
For people who have an Oyster card but ran out of money on it, this is good news. Because as they can’t pay with cash, they are allowed to take a free ride. Just the one though 😉
The way people pay for things is evolving, more and more people are paying using cards or other wireless methods (paying with phone) and carrying less cash around. Transport for London believes that by eliminating the cash part it can deliver a smoother and more efficient service to the passengers but also that they can save £24 million per year. That money can be reinvested in the transport network.
So if you get to London and want to take the bus, remember to get some form of prepaid payment method as paying in cash is no longer an option!